7.18.2008

Yellowstone, Yosemite, whatever ...


The Economist, July 10

I guess the image of Yellowstone illustrating an article about Yosemite should've been a tipoff.

National parks and wilderness areas are finite and fragile resources that cannot handle an annual double-digit increase in attendance in perpetuity.

To assume that fading attendance over time is equivalent to a failure in conservation is not just poor logic ... it's poor taste.

Worse yet, to argue for more luxury hotel rooms as a way to increase outdoor activity participation is laughable. Not only is it of dubious ecological impact, but the chance that putting a soft bed and a flat screen TV within arms reach of El Cap would stimulate a love for the outdoors is like serving up a feast to an overweight man and asking him to begin dieting immediately.

LINK: The Economist

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